5 Wacky Ways To Make Sure Your Resume is Noticed

by Rich DeMatteo on May 24, 2011 · 12 comments

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If I were to ask 10 job seekers what frustrates them the most about their search, my guess is that at least 9 of them would say not hearing back after submitting a resume.  Am I wrong?  Am I?  I’m not.  I’m very right.

During our little recession, recruiters and HR professionals were tossed from their jobs, leaving less manpower to handle recruiting and at least triple the amount of resumes they used to see.  Honestly, as bad as I feel for job seekers, I  feel worse for the one or two lonely recruiter’s that have 1,000 resumes to try to get to a week.   It’s just a broken system and it sucks.

In order to cheer everyone up, I’ve come up with a list of 5 things you can do to make sure your resume is noticed.  Keep in mind, this is mostly just for laughs, and while some of these might actually work, I really suggest thinking about it long and hard before applying these to your search.

Here they they are…enjoy!

5. Put 500 Copies Of Your Resume Around The Office Parking Lot

It’s obsessive, creepy, and definitely shows you have stalker like tendencies, but you’ll get noticed.  Put your resume in an envelope with a note that makes sure folks know who to direct it to.

4. Use a Hideously Bright Color For Resume Paper

It’ll be hard to miss the fluorescent orange paper sitting on the corner of their desk.  It’ll get noticed, but I can’t promise they won’t be annoyed by the headache it causes.

3. Organize a Flash Mob

Your recruiter or hiring manager is working hard in their office and it has been a long and terrible day.  While checking to see how much longer they have to stay in the office, they hear coworkers screaming, “There is a flash mob outside!”  Your recruiter runs outside with a smile on his or her face and heads out to see the ridiculous scene.  At the end of the Flash Mob, each participants passes out YOUR resume to the event spectators.  Your recruiter will absolutely get your resume and he/she won’t soon forget you.

I might have just been looking for a way to toss in a clip from Modern Family. Greatest show ever.

 

2. Send Your Resume With A Gift

People love chocolate.  They also love those fruit baskets that are shaped like flowers.  I once had a client send me “12 Days of Christmas”, and each day of Christmas they sent a different gift.  The one day I received 2 dove chocolate squares.  I was really wishing that Turtle Dove’s were on the 12th day of Christmas, because two chocolate squares was not nearly enough.  Imagine if your resume came with a Godiva box of chocolates?  Winner Winner Godiva Dinner!

1. Send Your Resume via Singing Telegram

How hilarious would this be?  You send a singing telegram to the corporate recruiter or hiring manager.  Make up your own “hire me” jingle and then have the person singing hand them your resume. Here’s an example of a birthday singing telegram, however, I don’t suggest the chicken suit…

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10 comments
Beth Anne
Beth Anne

has anyone done the throw 500 copies around one? That sounds kinda funny and smart! I think I might do that lol

vivienne megas
vivienne megas

I love all the 5 Wacky Ways. It is absolutely creative. Depends on what sort of job you’re trying to get at, one might just succeed by doing so... But just like Jen said ‘I don’t really think sending resumes works at all anymore’; most of the jobs are gone by the time it hit the public job board.

Everet Kamikawa
Everet Kamikawa

Funny suggestions. I once sent a resume with a personalized Matchbox car. It worked getting the interview.

Clive Viveiros
Clive Viveiros

I agree job seekers are frustrated and lambast recruitment companies when they don't get back to the job seeker after the job seeker has submitted his/ her resume. The best and most professional action is that we should acknowledge receipt of the resume/ CV. Further than that what do they expect - they send their CV attached to an email copied to as many recruitment companies theycan up to 100. Professional recruiters need to match CV to job spec, intyerview and short list. Professional recruiters will always contact job seekers that meet the job spec as that is their job and how they make money. Job seekers will always complain as long as they cannot find a job. We will always be the scape goats.

Tom Bolt
Tom Bolt

There is a lot of merit to this way of thinking. Often the tendency is for a job search to turn into a downward spiral following rejection after rejection. Simply adding a little fun, innovation and creativity to a job seeker's thought processes can serve to keep the attitude on an upward slope. A positive mental attitude is often the difference between success and giving up. The one caution flag is that these tactics won't land the job if there is only fluff and no substance. Here is my best example: I once received a resume from a marketing exec along with a shoe...and a note saying that he wanted "to get his foot in the door." He was hired, but not because of his attention grabbing trick but because his credentials were real and impressive. The shoe showed a level of ingenuity that complimented his resume so it worked for him. The difficulty for most of us is to use the wacky trick to draw attention to skills that match the job specs rather than just highlight a possibly unstable wacky person.

Jen
Jen

I like the Elle Woods (from Legally Blonde) approach and make it pink and scented. They said it smelled good. Why not try it at least. :) hehe. Actually, I don't really think sending resumes works at all anymore. It's all in who you know. So get to networking people!

Harrison
Harrison

Funny suggestions Rich! It is definitely true that the job seeker has to think creatively in reaching out to recruiters. I've gotten close to 75% to 85% response rate with reaching out to recruiters on LinkedIn or being contacted by a recruiter through participating in LinkedIn groups. I recently also accepted a job offer that first started out in LinkedIn ... so I'm a firm believer of the power of LinkedIn. Another method I've tried was to setup some company visits with people in those respective companies, getting to those locations via the ultra cool, JetBlue All You Can Jet pass, at the time between Sept-Oct '10. Very helpful in meeting more people within those organizations and getting "actual feel" of the company culture and life (and not to mention, a flying experience of a lifetime).

Todd Engle
Todd Engle

I am not a job hopper; it sounds like this with the many industries I have excelled at, but it is just my diversity. I am seeking a company that will respect my background and knowledge. Please keep me in mind on anything you hear that may fit my profile! My resume and background is on my info page on Face book & LinkedIn!

CHI
CHI

Wow. Product placement isn't your smoothest game, Harrison.